Ford EcoBoost 400
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race #36 of 36
The Championship Race
Sunday, November 17, 2019
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 3:28pm/et
Laps/Stages: 267 laps total. Stages end on laps: 80/160/267
TELEVISION / RADIO / STREAMING
Television Coverage: Time 3:00pm/et, NBC and streamed at NBC Sports Live (available with participating TV provider login)
Radio Coverage (over the air and streaming): Motor Racing Network (MRN) / SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR (available with subscription)
On track schedule
Saturday, November 16 at 2:05pm/et, TV-NBCSN.
Saturday, November 16 at 2:05pm/et, TV-NBCSN.
Complete Event Schedule (times local to the track)
Friday, November 15
10:30 AM-12:30 PM MENCS HAULERS ENTER (EQUIPMENT UNLOAD)
12:30 PM-10:00 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
2:30 PM MENCS ROOKIE MEETING & RANDOM DRAWING
3:35 PM-4:25 PM MENCS 1ST PRACTICE
6:30 PM-7:20 PM MENCS FINAL PRACTICE
Saturday, November 16
9:30 AM-3:30 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
2:05 PM MENCS QUALIFYING IMPOUND (SINGLE VEHICLE / ONE LAP ALL POSITIONS)
Sunday, November 17
9:00 AM-11:00 AM MENCS GARAGE ACCESS TO HAULERS ONLY
11:00 AM MENCS GARAGE OPENS
1:00 PM MENCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING
2:20 PM MENCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
3:00 PM MENCS RACE (STAGES 80/160/267 LAPS = 400.5 MILES)
MENCS = Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Links to race, practice, qualifying results (in pdf): (will be added as available)
Post-race penalty report
Owners Points (updated after post-season penalties)
Cumlative Race Report
Practice 1 Speeds
Latest / Final Entry List
Preliminary Entry List
Weekend at-track schedule (revised)
RACE RUNDOWN….News & Links
Kyle Busch notches second NASCAR Cup championship with win at Homestead-Miami: With a flair for the dramatic and a car that asserted its superiority after a blood-red Florida sunset over Homestead-Miami Speedway, Kyle Busch claimed a milestone victory in Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400—along with his second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series title. At the same time, Busch emerged from the shadow cast by doubters who discounted the chances of the driver of the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, who hadn’t won a race in NASCAR’s top series since the June event at Pocono Raceway. Other than seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson, Busch is now the only active driver with more than one title. Finishing 4.578 seconds ahead of JGR teammate Martin Truex Jr., who was thwarted by a colossal mix-up on pit road after leading 8 of the first 120 laps, Busch is the first driver to win multiple titles under NASCAR’s elimination Playoff format.[More](11-17-2019)
#18-Kyle Busch won the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway to capture his 2nd Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship. The win is his 5th win of 2019, 2nd win at Homestead and 56th career win.
#19-Truex, Jr. finished 2nd followed by #20-Jones, #4-Harvick, #22-Logano, #14-Bowyer, #6-Newman, #3-Dillon, #88-Bowman and #11-Hamlin.
Busch led 120 laps total. He took the green as the leader for the final restart with 101 laps to go, briefly gave up the lead, regained it with 98 laps to go and never looked back. The other championship driver all battled issues:
#19-Truex, Jr dominated early in the race, winning the first stage. However, under green flag pit stops during the second stage, the pit crew put the tires on the car wrong. He had to come back to pit road and lost a lap. He was able to get the free pass on lap 136, but was never able to get back to the front.
#4-Harvick fought an ill-handling car midway through the race that forced him to stay out under green longer than the other championship contenders, hoping for a caution. By the time he had to pit, he was unable to get near the lead.
#11-Hamlin pitted with 46 laps remaining but the crew put too much tape on the nose of the car. It started to overheat and he had to pit again under green. He was able to get back on the lead lap just before the end of the race.
#8-Hemric captured the Rookie of the Year title with a 12th place finish.
Stage 1 was won by #19-Truex, Jr., Stage 2 was won by #18-Busch.
There were 14 lead changes among 5 drivers and 3 cautions for 15 yellow flag laps.
The average speed of the race was: 142.654mph.
See race details at: Race Results (pdf), Drivers Points Standings, Owners Points Standings, Cumulative Report, Penalty Report
2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Final Playoff Standings:
#18-Kyle Busch, 5040
#19-Martin Truex, Jr., 5035
#4-Kevin Harvick, 5033
#11-Denny Hamlin, 5027
See the Drivers Points Standings and Owners Points Standings.
Where the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff drivers finished at Homestead:
#18-Kyle Busch, 1st
#19-Martin Truex, Jr., 2nd
#4-Kevin Harvick, 4th
#11-Denny Hamlin, 10th
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship Fast Facts
Driver Champion: Kyle Busch:
Kyle Busch has won his second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship in the last five years (2015 and 2019) – becoming just the 16th driver alltime with multiple championships.
Kyle Busch now leads the series in championships in the elimination-style format of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs with two (Kyle Busch, 2015 and 2019; Kevin Harvick, 2014; Jimmie Johnson, 2016; Martin Truex Jr., 2017; Joey Logano, 2018).
Busch won the season finale at the HomesteadMiami Speedway to claim the 2019 title.
Busch is one of five drivers all-time to win both a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and a NASCAR Xfinity Series championship – Martin Truex Jr., Kevin Harvick, Bobby Labonte and Brad Keselowski have also accomplished the feat.
In 2019, Busch has posted five wins, 17 top fives, 27 top 10s and one poles.
During the Playoffs this season, Busch has produced one win, four top fives, six top 10s and one pole.
Kyle Busch (2015, 2019) and his brother Kurt Busch (2004) are the only two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champions from the state of Nevada.
Owner Champion: Joe Gibbs, Joe Gibbs Racing
This is Joe Gibbs Racing’s fifth Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver and owner championship – previous titles: 2000 (Bobby Labonte), 2002 and 2005 (Tony Stewart), 2015 and 2019 (Kyle Busch).
This is Joe Gibbs Racing’s 10th NASCAR national series owner championship (five MENCS, five NXS).
Joe Gibbs Racing began its Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series program in 1992 at Daytona International Speedway with driver Dale Jarrett.
Joe Gibbs Racing has won 176 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races.
Crew Chief Champion: Adam Stevens
Adam Stevens has won his second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship both driver Kyle Busch (2015 and 2018).
Stevens is one of 40 different crew chiefs to win the NASCAR Xfinity Series championship but just the 15th to win multiple titles.
Stevens has 27 career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wins, all with Kyle Busch.
Race Fast Facts – Homestead:
Kyle Busch (P) won the 21st Annual Ford EcoBoost 400, his 56th victory in 534 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races.
This is his fifth victory and 27th top-10 finish in 2019.
This is his second victory and eighth top-10 finish in 15 races at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Martin Truex Jr. (P) (second) posted his 10th top-10 finish in 15 races at Homestead-Miami Speedway. It is his 24th top-10 finish in 2019.
Erik Jones (third) posted his first top-10 finish in three races at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Daniel Hemric (12th) clinches the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year.
Kyle Busch (P) wins the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship.
Toyota wins the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series manufacturers championship.
Cars to the rear: None.
Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Ford EcoBoost 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway have been made.
Pole sitter #11-Hamlin chose pit stall 1.
Outside pole sitter #4-Harvick took the 4th stall.
#19-Truex, Jr, starting 3rd, has the 3rd pit stall.
4th place #18-Busch took the 14th stall.
See all pit choices on Pit Stall chart.(11-16-2019)
QUALIFYING INFO, PRACTICE SPEED and ENTRIES
Final practice for the Ford EcoBoost 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway is over, after 50 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
#19-Truex, Jr. 168.460
#4-Harvick was 9th fastest at 166.806
Slowest: #52-Bilicki 152.840 & #66-Hill 152.642mph.
Most laps run: #2-Keselowski, 58 laps.
Of the Playoff drivers:
Best 5 consecutive lap average: #18-Busch, #19-Truex, Jr., #11-Hamlin. Harvick 6th
Best 10 consecutive lap average: #11-Hamlin, #18-Busch, #19-Truex. Harvick 7th
Best 15 consecutive lap average: #19-Truex, Jr. Hamlin 7th, #4-Harvick 9th. #18-Busch n/a.
Notes: Due to rain at the track Friday, both practices were rained out. NASCAR chose to cancel qualifying and give teams a single practice Saturday afternoon.
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Happy Hour Practice speeds page (pdf).(11-16-2019)
#11-Denny Hamlin inherited the Busch pole for the Ford EcoBoost 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway due to ongoing weather on Friday. After rain forced NASCAR to cancel both practice sessions, they opted to also nix Saturday’s qualifying session in order to allow the teams to get some practice time.
The lineup provides the championship contenders the first four starting positions. #4-Kevin Harvick will start 2nd followed by #19-Martin Truex, Jr., #18-Kyle Busch, #22-Joey Logano, #42-Kyle Larson, #12-Ryan Blaney, #2-Brad Keselowski, #24-William Byron, and #14-Clint Bowyer in the top-10.
Driver(s) who will miss the race: none as 40 were entered for 40 spots
See the complete starting lineup on the Starting Lineup page (pdf).(11-15-2019)
Where the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff drivers will start at Homestead:
#11-Denny Hamlin, 1st
#4-Kevin Harvick, 2nd
#19-Martin Truex, Jr., 3rd
#18-Kyle Busch, 4th
Due to ongoing weather, Friday’s second practice session was canceled at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Monster Energy Series qualifying for Saturday is also canceled and will be replaced with a practice session. Practice will take place from 2:05-2:55pm/et. The field will be set per the rule book. The front row will be No. 11 (first) and No. 4 (second).(10-15-2019)
First practice for the Ford EcoBoost 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway was canceled due to rain.(10-15-2019)
Inspection at Homestead: Cars will be impounded after qualifying at Homestead on Saturday. The starting lineup is official at the conclusion of qualifying.
Entry List for the Ford EcoBoost 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway is posted, 40 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed.
Some of the drivers entered include: #15-Nemehcek, #27-Chastain, #36-Nemechek, #51-Yeley, #52-Bilicki, #53-McLeod, #66-Hill, #77-Sorenson, #96-Herring.
Since 40 cars are entered, all drivers will make the race.
See the full entry list on the Entry List (pdf).
Sunday Homestead-Miami Notebook
Saturday Homestead-Miami Notebook
Friday Homestead-Miami Notebook
Weekend Preview: Homestead-Miami Speedway
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series News & Notes – Homestead-Miami Speedway
Special Edition Championship 4 News and Notes – Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Drivers
Statistical Advance: Analyzing the Ford EcoBoost 400
November 2018: see the Homestead Race Info page
Grand Marshal: Joseph Hinrichs, Ford Motor Company
Command to start engines: Joseph Hinrichs
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
Honorary Pace Car Driver: Tony Stewart
Color Guard: Homestead Air Reserve Base Honor Guard
Invocation: Pastor from Christ Fellowship Miami, Sammy Flores
National Anthem: Candi Carpenter
Flyover: (4) F-16s, 93rd Fighter Squadron, Homestead Air Reserve Base.
National Weather Service
Race Day Forecast
Brian Neudorff @NASCAR_WXMAN
Aaron Studwell @RaceWeather